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I Had to Grow Up Too Fast

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    Sometimes A Bad Example Can Be A Good One.

    From the age of 4-10 my life was pretty carefree. There was no shame. My parents were nudists and our home was clothing optional as well as our back yard. There was also a lot of healthy affection. Not much of it was from my mother, but I didn’t notice because my father was so...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Nov 15, 2011

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    Best Intentions

    My mom died of cancer shortly after my 7th birthday. Her dying wish was that my older sister and me not be split up. My dad was not able to bring us up himself. So, we went into the foster home system. The foster home system is a great thing for low income people. They give...
    Orionn Orionn 56-60, M 3 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    I Remember When...the Story Of A Childhood Riddled With Pain And Addiction

    I remember when I was young, I had a mom. I remember that she was attentive and thoughtful and we lived in a big three-story house with a matching playhouse out back. I remember her watching ball games and coming on class field trips. I remember when I was 12 and my parents split...
    simmonsr09 simmonsr09 26-30 2 Responses Jun 27, 2012

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    I Grew Up Before My Mother Did

    Every child has a special bond with their mom. Your mom is someone who you can never replace. You only get one. As a child, my mom was a very heavy alcoholic. She would go out for nights and days at a time. Fortunately, I had an older sister, who was 6 years older than me. She...
    ChangeIsAGoodThing ChangeIsAGoodThing 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2013

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    My Parents Were On Their Own Trip.....

    and my brother and I kind of got dragged along on their ride. I know that there was a brief spot of normalcy when I was very young. I also know that it did not last very long at all (maybe until I was six or seven), and my brother is three years younger, so I am not certain he...
    hengreen hengreen 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 21, 2011

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    I Blamed Myself.

    When I was born, my mother was 39, and my sister was about 16. She got into a really abusive and bad realtionship. He got her into heavy heavy drugs. She had a baby, and that's now my nephew. He is the shining star of everyone's life. Including his father's. He got over...
    itsallinthepastnow itsallinthepastnow 18-21 1 Response Jul 24, 2011

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    I Love My Sister.

    My Dad is an alcoholic. Me and my sister have been through it together. I had to grow up fast while younger. I matured fast, heck I think my friends noticed it too. I had to be there for my sister through the good and bad to help her and to keep her happy. I am that older...
    justageek justageek 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 17, 2012

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    The Good Months And The Bad Months

    Hello i would just like to share a little story of my child hood. When i was 5 yeas old (as far back as my proper memory goes) My family was doing well my mom was a waitress and my dad worked at some food processing thing. But I am going to skip a little forward. I dont know the...
    namedcr namedcr 41-45 Jul 25, 2013

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    Where Did Time Go?

    There are just somethings that a child shouldn't see or experience. Unfortunately, I wasn't shielded from a lot of things. I have always been called mature for my age. I wish I didn't know those things. Ignorance is bliss.
    Sadlulu Sadlulu 31-35, F Jul 9, 2013

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    Too Much, Too Young

    I had to watch my baby siblings since the day my "mother" brought my brother home. That was 11 years ago. She didn't/doesn't know how to be a good mother, and their dad (my step dad) didn't make things easier, by arguing with her all the time. After they split, it basically...
    EchoArtistMusician EchoArtistMusician 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    The Basis Of It All

    I don't think I ever experienced what being a kid was like. At least not where I could remember. My mother never wanted children while my dad wanted 12. I was a mistake, you could tell from the day I was born. My mother became a computer addict and my father was a drunk. From...
    HopefulDreams94 HopefulDreams94 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13, 2013

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    Life Truely As It Is....

    I hate the fact that life is this bitter sweet tunnel that never ends in happy ever after. Everyday i wake up with no kind of purpose in life, nobody honestly gives a s*** about me , and why would they? Familly, friends, even people u barely know all claim to be there when you...
    InspireBeautifully InspireBeautifully 16-17, F Jun 11, 2013

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    Alcoholic Father

    My father is an alcoholic. I watched him physically harm my mother when I was a little girl. Sometimes I feel as if I am the only one who has ever been stuck in this situation. Because he has a way of making you think you're trapped. Because of my experiences watching drink his...
    SaraBear87 SaraBear87 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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    blink wow that was my child hood gone.

    I don't have many good memory's of my child hood we was not poor but just had enough money to live. toys was 1 at Christmas or birthday. Most of my memory's are about being in a routine every day it was like being in the army up at 6 30 breakfast wash and get dressed go to...
    jvcs jvcs 51-55, M Dec 8, 2013

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    A Mini-adult From Day One

    My parents were both 42 when they adopted me. And, because neither of them had any experience with children of any age, they didn't know how to treat me like my age. I was treated like a mini-adult. I was hardly ever around people younger than 40. I went to operas, plays, dinners...
    chococat159 chococat159 18-21 Jun 15, 2011

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    I Guess It Happens

    Some have the fairy tale life and then there are those of us who do what it takes just to survive. I've seen a lot over the years and just keep on going. You learn to do a lot on your own when, for whatever reason, your mother just doesn't love you. Was it that I reminded her of...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 17, 2008

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    I Hate It

    My parents would leave. Not just for a few a hours. Sometimes a few days. I had somebody who was supposed to watch me, but they left when ever. I woke myself up in the mornings, I walked a mile for a bus stop, went home and took care of the dogs, and cooked myself dinner. It was...
    screaminginshadows screaminginshadows 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 28, 2013

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    Had To Learn Early

    At 10 yr old i had to take care of my foster parents, my foster father suffered a massive stroke and my foster mom lost a leg to diabetes, i worked 3 jobs and went to school,and take care of them, i did this for 3 years until they had to be put in a nursing home, i lived by my...
    Goldwing244ricky Goldwing244ricky 51-55, M 5 Responses Jul 12, 2012

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    I Didn,t Know It At The Time

    I didnt grow up playing childhood games.  My family had a small cattle operation and my father also had a job as a lineman for the electric cooperative.  As a youngster I had duties to do out their.  I fed and watered cattle, fixed fence, drove tractor, operated a haybaler...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 10, 2011

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    Chilling Childhood

    As a baby, I was left on the floor not in my crib. As a child, I got spanked whenever I did anything I enjoyed. I think my captor grabbed my ankles and held me upside down, slamming my feet against the ceiling. As a teen I was forced to do Push-Ups if I had a Bad day. I just want...
    WhiteLegoNinja WhiteLegoNinja 22-25, F Jan 31, 2013

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    Ironic Young Executive at 25 year old

    Born in a dysfunctional wealthy family that worked in hard lab our and acted like in poverty. My folks had severe medical issues and two bros have suicidal break downs.. Even myself. One sister left home and married happily to escape.. I worked 1 dollar per hour in US at the...
    likearock111 likearock111 26-30 2 Responses May 20, 2013

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    Too Fast

    My life has never been normal like the other kids, even though I didn't really see it when I was a kid. My dad owned a company, which he 'said' was selling alarm systems. But there were a lot of illegal things going on there. My mom and dad fought every day for several years, and...
    Quibbler Quibbler 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23, 2013

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    What More Can I Say?

    My father's a drunk and my mom has Chiari Malformation. What more can I say?
    Ghost218 Ghost218 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3, 2012

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    I Don't Know If I Ever Did Actually Grow Up

    I'm a very mentally unhealthy person, but somehow I keep myself together, most of the time. It's hard. It does not help how my first 20 years of life went. I don't know if I ever actually grew up or if I just learned and adapted enough to muddle through. I've always been called...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 16, 2008

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    When I Was Younger....

    My parents were separated, my dad left because he was cheating on my mom with a shedevil. And near the end of the relationship with the shedevil he opened up to me, he was probably on a lot of pills and he'd been drinking. He started crying said hes sorry he doesnt love me and he...
    peachylove peachylove 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 18, 2013

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    Puberty Hit

    When I was in 5th grade I started puberty. I grew up too fast by having womanly parts and acting more mature than most people. I wished that it could've came later so I could've enjoyed my time and not have to worry until later when all my friends started too.
    flawlesswonder16 flawlesswonder16 13-15, F Feb 24, 2013

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    Its True :/

    Once i had a dream, right before my mom left. She was next to me and she told me that i needed to take care of my brother and Dad. I told her i wasn't ready and she smiled and she left my side. The next week, my mom got on that plane and left the country. There were never any...
    SecretIsOut SecretIsOut 13-15, F Feb 6, 2013

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    So Called Perfect

    Growing up as a child i had the so called " perfect childhood." Living in a charming little house, with my parents who had the so called "perfect marriage." Spending hours tossing a football in the front yard with my old brother. It was the so called...
    AliceNearWonderland AliceNearWonderland 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 3, 2008

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    It always was me vs tha world seem

    that way anyway. my real dad walked out when i was 5 real mom abandoned me for drug addiction at 6 an was in abusive foster homes until i was almost 14. i never fit in anywhere an always had to be on gard cause of all kinds of abuses...some really bad stuff an way too much of it...
    AquilaAqua AquilaAqua 13-15, M 3 Responses Jan 29

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    My Story.

    Every kid looks up to someone from when there 4 and 5 until they are 20's or 30's . I looked up to my siblings... Josh, Jessica and Seth. I had to face the facts when I was 7 years old that they all did drugs. I had to except that even when the programs and police men would come...
    xJiaxx xJiaxx 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 31, 2013

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    You Grow Up Fast Loosing Your Loved Ones Young

    over the past 3 years i have lost a total of 5 people! i lost my grandmother, my mom, my dad, a close friend and my fiance! its probably been the most stressful and darkest times of my life! i was depressed i thought about suicide time after time after time. and i don't know if...
    zackshelpingpeople26 zackshelpingpeople26 26-30 Oct 6, 2013

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    My Room

    That is how I spent a significant amount of my adolescence, alone in my room. I lived with an abusive stepfather and I avoided him as much as possible in the only place I could be. My dad died when I was ten and so was out of the picture. Essentially, I had to grow up by myself...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M Nov 22, 2013

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    Sometimes i feel like i didn't live my

    childhood to the fullest. I grew up as an only child and there was a huge age gap between me and my parents. There were so many do's and dont's. Hanging around them so much made me prone to do what they do, like ordering coffee instead of a hot chocolate at cafes, wear clothes...
    ilovebreakfast ilovebreakfast 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Letting It Out

    Ok I'm just gonna say it all, I have no one to really talk to. I'm everyone's second choice, I have no one. So here is my story and yea it's pretty depressing: Ok so here is how it goes, I had lots of friends I had a really cool school, I used to have so much fun as a kid until...
    Frankie908 Frankie908 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 21, 2013

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    To Young To Be This Grown Up

    When I was four my mom got really sick, and we didn't know what to do about it. We just went on with life but by age 8 I was cooking, cleaning and taking care of her. My father wasn't/ isn't much help all he does is get drunk and I have to take care of the mess he makes nightly...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 28, 2013

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    Childhood Left Me Behind.

    My sister is cold as ice. My dad is a psychopath...an alcoholic with more than one mental disorder, I'm sure. My aunt and uncle bully my mother. It all stresses me out and puts me in uncomfortable situations. Growing up is the hardest thing I have ever had to learn how to do. I...
    givemesympathy givemesympathy 16-17, F Nov 19, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    What do you do when you are forced to grow up too fast, then when you get old enough as to where your supposed to act mature, your looked at wrong for it. I'm 17 years old and...
    LeeJanaG LeeJanaG 70+, F Mar 30

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    Mentally mainly, but I had to grow up fast. It's not the fact that I've gone through bad things throughout life. But I think ahead touch, way to much. I enjoy speaking with old...
    kodatimes kodatimes 13-15, M Apr 4

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    Too fast? Or never at all? Hmmm
    Orchid284 Orchid284 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    I was forced to grow up before I was ready... After my mom got a divorce from her abusive husband of 7-8 years, we moved into a very small apartment. Me, my mother, and my younger...
    Siqo423 Siqo423 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    We live in a generation where it's okay for young children and early adolescents to to dress and act like adults. Sad, but true. They're not taken though the steps of growing up...
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M Mar 23

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    THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE My life is like a countryside road one minute and a motorway the next! Sometimes going so so slow, bends and twists all the way! Then comes the irish potholes...
    Sandyshaw13 Sandyshaw13 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 26

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    I rember just doing and over achieving since third 4th grade and now I'm a freshmen in high school and I take college courses too.
    frozenkisses21 frozenkisses21 16-17, F Mar 20

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    It's horrible seeing children not acting like ... Well, children. I see 10 year olds in mini skirts and heels, with iPhones, joining Facebook and having 'boyfriends' and it breaks...
    xMina97x xMina97x 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    It's gotten so bad that me and my husband are considering home schooling my daughter when she gets older. The schools are terrible, the kids in school are acting like adults, It's...
    ReeseThompson0424 ReeseThompson0424 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I don't get how people just want to find love. Some people are like 12 and want to find their soulmate. It's really sad to be honest... Lol idk just though I would share my opinion...
    margaret707 margaret707 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    There is something that accelerates the brain and the heart...overexcitement about a great idea,awesomeness rushing my tongue because I can see it,touch it,want it... now,now,now...
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F Apr 4

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    It does I feel like if I just woke up and have to go to sleep again. I wish for one second it could stop so I can pull myself together. -SG
    StRiKiNgEEk StRiKiNgEEk 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The things I would do to feel you move in my tummy. The endless nights I've spent curled up in bed crying about the decision I made. I think back to the day I sat at Planned...
    mglosny mglosny 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 9

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    I am a 30 year old woman, I recently had a medical abortion and wanted to post my experience online to help shed light on the subject. Most of what I found online in the way of...
    rkc1983 rkc1983 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    We live life on the run, living too fast too young.
    peabophile peabophile 18-21, M Mar 30

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    I sometimes wish I had never had children too. I started out relatively early. I was 20 when I had my daughter and 24 when I had my son. My daughters father was abusive in every...
    BBMS BBMS 41-45, F Mar 30

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    Earlier in the day the Saturday, the one after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday, about 5 or so, I'd said to someone here, I'd better get going, because I have a feeling the...
    Lgl700 Lgl700 51-55, M 2 hrs ago

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    And so, the next morning, Easter Sunday, that's today, I went down to their house, it's only a block away, after all, and the things that were going to happen on this Easter Sunday...
    Lgl700 Lgl700 51-55, M 2 hrs ago

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    My ex gf and i got together about a week before my 31st birthday. Well jan 5 this yr she moved out. I was stupid and took her for granted. So i need to go back to last spring when...